8 TRY BRONCOS BATTER BULLS
Bridgend Blue Bulls RLFC
Bonymaen Broncos RFC
|Venue:||Porthcawl RFC, CF36 3DB|
|Date:||Saturday 16th June 2012|
|Competition:||Welsh Conference - Premier Division|
|Referee:||To be confirmed|
The Bonymaen Broncos continued their unbeaten run and became only the third team to beat the Blue Bulls on their home ground with a deserved 46-10 victory.
The Swansea side were fare more constructive and organised than the reigning Champions with Brooks brothers Ian and Richard and loose forward James Bija excelling in both attack and defence.
Both sides had opportunities to score in the opening ten minutes before Broncos second row Dan Griffiths broke free and gave a try scoring pass to Bija with Ian Brooks converting. Richard Lewis looked like he had doubled the lead but he was held up by Rhys Dowling.
The Bulls were then dealt a massive blow when Dan Smith had to leave the pitch with broken shoulder and the Broncos then did claim a second try via Richard Williams to make it 10-0
Moments later Nick Clancy went over under the posts after clever play from Rhys Williams, with Ian Brooks again converting.
The Blue Bulls finally hit back on the half hour mark when Karl Hocking handed off two tacklers before offloading to debut wing Joshua Collins, and the teenager showed great speed to make it to the line.
The Broncos hit back straight away through Chris Hoppe and Brooks again converted but the final say of the half went to Bull Ken Dowding who barged his way over under the posts, and Gareth David added the extras to make it 10-22 at the break.
Bonymaen then dominated the second half scoring four more tries to rattle up 46 points, wing Robbie Ford claiming two to cap off a fine performance. Only some resolute and determined tackling from Bridgend kept the score below 50.
The Bulls lacked the physical pace and power of the Broncos who will now be firm favourites for the 2012 title. The Bulls though can take some heart from the performances of teenage trio Collins, Lewis Donnelly and Huw Rosser who all gave 100% while the slightly older trio of Gareth Howells, Gareth David and Rhys Dowling did their best to rally their team, but could not stop the Broncos onslaught.
After the game Bulls Team Manager Simon Green said “we have no complaints as they were far better than us in every department and they are the best team we have played against in many seasons, and we have a lot of work to do if we want to hold on to our Welsh title”.